Originally Posted by haviris
They DO register them, just not under those color names.
Smokey black is just black w/ a cream gene, so they'd just be registered as black. And personally that is how I think they should be registered, the cream doesn't affect the color, it would be like registering chestnut/sorrel that carries agouti w/ some special name. Sometimes I think things are made more complicated then they need to be.
Don't know on the smokey cream, I'm guessing they register then as perlino, cremello and perlino are the better known double delutes. Many people can't tell the difference in the colors anyway, and I'm guessing they tend to go more on visual then on genetics.
Except that they can produce completely different colors... If the horse is going to be used for breeding purposes, it can complicate things.
Registering smoky black as black is understandable, since they are genetically black... although it might confuse the owners when their black horse pops out a yellow foal after being bred to a black/bay/chestnut.
But smoky cream is weird... They register them as perlino, but why? They don't even have the same base coat.
It's not like it would be a huge deal to write a different word on their papers...